Virtual Instruction

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT) has compiled virtual instruction resources on its website, is offering live and recorded workshops and tutorials, and providing consultations to aid faculty in the transition to virtual instruction. 

FAQs for Faculty and Staff

How will moving to virtual instruction affect my class schedule?

As you decide whether to teach your classes synchronously, asynchronously or a combination of the two, please note that if you teach synchronously, you must maintain the meeting times for which your class was originally scheduled.   

Why should I consider asynchronous teaching?

Some of your students will be attending class from across the country and world. If you have an 8 a.m. class, that may mean your student in Hawaii would have to log in at 5 a.m., or a 4 p.m. class could mean your student in Japan would log in at 1 a.m. In such cases, the best practice would be to record your lecture and post the video in your PolyLearn or Canvas site.

Can I sign up for trainings to help transition to virtual instruction?

Yes, the CTLT offers live and recorded workshops. Additionally, several faculty members are available to assist with virtual course development. Reach out to your college dean’s office to find which fellow faculty members are available to help. 

Will I still be able to maintain and care for my research materials, keep subjects alive, and equipment maintained? 

Essential research functions such as animal care, equipment maintenance and safety of research participants or staff must be maintained at this time. This should be accomplished while also observing preferred practices of social distancing. 

Message from Vice President of Research and Economic Development 

If I am unable to perform research, how will this affect my grants and my graduate students who need to perform research?

Most federal agencies have indicated that delays will be accommodated under current policies (many agencies allow for one-year extensions for extenuating circumstances), ORED will assist faculty with navigating extensions for non-federal research sponsors. 

Where needed, we will seek alternatives to avoid considerable delays in thesis research completion, qualifying exams, graduate degree completion, senior projects and research that must be completed in a timely manner. College graduate coordinators should work with Dr. Elizabeth Lowham, interim dean of Graduate Education, and the Office of Research and Economic Development to develop a Plan B. 

Message from Vice President of Research and Economic Development 

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